ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays recalled Brandon Gomes on Friday in a corresponding move for placing designated hitter Luke Scott on the 15-day disabled list with mid-back spasms on Thursday.
"We got worn out [the last couple of days]," said Rays manager Joe Maddon explaining the move. "They got into our 'pen early. We tried to parcel out the innings as good as we could. We're not used to having our starters leave games that early with that kind of deficit.
"With Luke's back being the way it is, we thought it would be the right thing to do bringing in an extra arm right now."
Gomes was 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA in five games for the Rays earlier this season. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 0.39 ERA with six saves in 18 games for Triple-A Durham this season.
"I've been throwing pretty well," Gomes said. "I've been working on throwing all three pitches to righties and lefties. And just getting back to really attacking the zone."
Gomes, 27, struggled during Spring Training after having offseason back surgery, which likely had something to do with the results he had while with the Rays this season.
"There were just a couple of minor tweaks," said Gomes when asked about what took place at Durham. "We went down there with Neil [Allen, the Bulls' pitching coach] and looked at some video from last year to this year and there were some different mechanical things that were wrong. Once we figured that out, my stuff became sharper and I was able to attack the zone much better."
Gomes said those mechanical issues dealt specifically with his back leg.
"Early in the year, I was collapsing and my arm slot was all over the place," Gomes said. "I walked way too many guys last time up here. That's just not typical of me."
Gomes pitched well for the Rays last season when he went 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 40 games.
"His numbers are very good, it sounds like he is getting it back," Maddon said. "He actually looks stronger when I saw him walking around, and that was the big concern. Coming off the surgery, he just didn't look as strong as he had. But now he is. And listen, great makeup. One of the better makeup guys anywhere. It's a combination of his makeup and his ability and stuff."
Scott's status on the DL is retroactive to Saturday, with mid-back spasms. The Rays travel to a National League park to play the Nationals on Tuesday, which might lead the Rays to add another bat and send a pitcher back down.
"You might look to do something at that point," Maddon said. "We'll wait and see."
After appeal, Upton's hit vs. Dickey stands
ST. PETERSBURG -- After giving up just one hit, a grounder that Mets third baseman David Wright unsuccessfully tried to barehand, the Mets appealed the scorekeeper's decision to award the Rays' B.J. Upton a hit.
Had it been successful, R.A. Dickey would have had New York's second no-hitter in franchise history, but the appeal was upheld by Major League Baseball on Friday.
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said he believed the original ruling was the correct one.
"I'm sure if there was another hit in that game, nobody woulda said, 'Let's go back and review that and see if it was a one-hitter,'" Maddon said. "I understand why they would do it. We probably would've done the same thing."
Dickey was dominant from that point on in the first inning, retiring the next 22 hitters before an Elliot Johnson grounder forced David Wright to commit an error in the ninth. Two passed balls and a fielder's choice later, Dickey gave up his first run of the game.
Mets manager Terry Collins said after that game the chances of having the hit later turned into an error were "less than five percent."
"Honestly I thought it was a fair call based on how the ball was hit, how it was rolling, the barehand away from him, the fast runner," Maddon said. "There was a lot of components that indicated it was a hit."
Longoria, Keppinger to make Triple-A rehab starts
ST. PETERSBURG -- Third baseman Evan Longoria and infielder Jeff Keppinger are set to make their first rehab starts since their respective injuries as part of Triple-A Durham.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said Keppinger will be a designated hitter on Friday, play the field Saturday and then see how his toe feels at that point. Longoria will DH Saturday and play the field Sunday.
He added there were discussions of "running it through Tuesday" for both players and then having a discussion with both.
"I'm not overly concerned with Longo's number of at-bats or throwing the ball, he's been doing all of that," Maddon said of Longoria, who has a partially torn hamstring. "Baseball activities, [batting practice], throwing, fielding ground balls, he's fine -- it's about being on his legs, cutting, running the bases, sliding possibly. Those are the areas he needs to be tested in."
Maddon said Keppinger was in a similar position as Longoria as far as testing out his broken toe, and once they play, a better evaluation can be made.
He also said Longoria could be back sooner than the estimated seven- to 10-day timetable and that Keppinger was on a "faster track" to returning.
Outfielder Sam Fuld hit off a tee for the first time Friday and said he felt fine afterward. Fuld, who underwent right wrist surgery in April, has said he hopes to return by mid-August, if not sooner.
Reliever Kyle Farnsworth threw a perfect inning with one strikeout in the second appearance of his Minor League rehab assignment with Class A Port Charlotte on Thursday in Jupiter, Fla. Farnsworth, coming back from a right elbow strain, threw 10 pitches in the game and 15 more in the bullpen. He needed only five pitches to get through the first outing of his rehab assignment and joked that he felt perfectly fine working such quick innings.
Hideki Matsui was taking grounders at first base Friday afternoon from first-base coach George Hendrick then tossing the balls back to Roger Kahlon, his interpreter. Manager Joe Maddon said Matsui was working there to add flexibility for potential in-game switches, so don't expect him to start in place of Carlos Pena anytime soon.
The first 10,000 fans at Saturday's game received a Maddon bobblehead presented by the Tampa Bay Times. Maddon laughed that the bobblehead looks better than he really does.
"When you make bobblehead-dom, I think that's quite an achievement in one's personal life," Maddon said.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Greg Zeck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.